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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 10, 2019

ACS Session Mgr - Behavior Change RFE

The default for 5250 sessions is Save on Exit... Always. Per session in the session Edit... Preferences... Exit...
Therefore, when I close a session, it forces the refresh of the Session Manager list automatically.

This 'feature' makes it terribly difficult to work with.
I am requesting this process be reconsidered/redesigned somehow to be more user friendly.

Let me chose globally to save on exit(forcing a list refresh).

Only refresh on Adds or deletes of sessions from the list. But not on saves of existing ones. This would be the more ideal default.

Use Case:

Let's say I have to go into each lpar to make a change on every system, 1 by 1. I have 174 lpars. Repeatedly, I have to remember the last system that I just had selected and then closed. The list refreshes, I scrolling back down the list to open the next system. If I get it right that is.
Terribly cumbersome.

Short term, it seems I need to change the setting per session in the session Edit... Preferences... Exit..Save on Exit... Always setting to Never. For every session.
Primarily because I dont want the session list refreshed every time!

RFE suggestions:
I would like a Session Mgr preference setting to ignore refresh unless new or removal of session action was done. Saving an existing one wouldn't require a refresh basically. ( I fully get why the refresh is needed in Add or Delete cases!)

But also, make the save on exit a Session Mgr preference setting, that is the default and allow the session level setting to override the master Session Mgr setting.
Right now, I have to go update every session, 1 at a time to set them all to Never. Not really ideal in the long term.

But, it is more important to me to leave the Session List in the order I choose and leave the last session I selected there and highlighted(to remind me of the last one I opened), than the Save on Exit option.

Because once I have them set, I don't mess with them and re-save them typically.

On the other hand, I am always going into sessions, then closing them. The list refreshes every time.
That is NOT the desired default or behavior that is user friendly.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 20, 2020

    This support is now available in version dated April 2020.

  • Guest
    Feb 6, 2020

    This is planned for our April 2020 update.

  • Guest
    Sep 24, 2019

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed. While there are many clients with a small number of LPARs, this would get cumbersome as more LPARs need to be managed. Perhaps instead of a default, a setting that can be applied globally could be used.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    May 3, 2019

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. A response will be provided when evaluation is complete.